The Morean Center for Clay (MCC) is located in the Historic Train Station, positioned within the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg Florida. The facility offers a range of educational courses in ceramics, studio spaces, gallery sales, event rentals, exhibitions, and is home to a nationally recognized Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program.
The Artist in Residence Program at the MCC aims to enhance and further the educational experience of ceramic artists seeking recognition in the professional realm. Community involvement, professional development, teaching experience, and self-exploration are just a small part of MCC’s core goals for resident artists. Residents are comprised of individuals with their bachelor’s or master’s degree in art that are interested in working within a studio setting to continue their progression as a ceramic artist. Residents are accepted for a one-year term but are offered a second term upon mutual agreement between the artist and MCC. AIRs are encouraged to expand their body of work, apply to shows, teach classes, and participate in group and individual critiques. A solo exhibition serves as the capstone experience for the program, highlighting the concentration and evolution of the artist and their work during their time at the MCC.
The AIR program is competitive, attracting applicants from across the nation for a small number of positions each year. Artists completing the program have gone on to graduate schools or other residencies. Some have moved on to start their own working studios, work in galleries and museums, or become professors/instructors/teachers from K-12 to university level.
The residency is a work exchange program. Each resident agrees to work a total of 8 hours a week in exchange for their studio, 24-hour studio access, firings, and discounts on clays. Weekly hours can include, but are not limited to: assisting in workshops, sweeping/mopping, loading/firing kilns, mixing glazes, splitting/stacking wood, installing exhibitions, and assisting in the maintaining of a safe and healthy studio atmosphere.
MCC also offers work for hire compensation to each resident. This is broken down into $11 an hour for first year residents and $12 an hour for second year residents, for a maximum of around 20 hours a month. Duties that fall under these available hours include but are not limited to: loading/firing kilns, mixing glazes, splitting/stacking wood, installing exhibitions, and assisting in facilities maintenance. Residents can also earn income through teaching classes at MCC and other Morean locations, and by assisting with events held in the MCC event space. Limited affordable shared housing is available.
Morean Center for Clay Facilities and Equipment Include:
- Anagama Kiln
- Wood Soda Kiln
- Small Train Kiln
- Gas Soda Kiln
- 2 Cone 10 Gas Kilns
- Raku Kiln
- 19 Electric Kilns ranging from small test kiln to large front loader kiln
- Wood Fired Pizza Kiln
- Soldner Mixer
- Peter Pugger Pugmill
- Ball Mill
- Spray Booth
- Photo Booth
- Cricut Vinyl Cutter
Applications due April 30, 2023. Residency will start August 1st, 2023 and ends July 15th, 2024
- – Submitted by April 30, 2023
- – $25 application fee
- – 15-20 Images
- – Image list
- – 3 references with email and phone number contacts
- – Artist statement
- – Resume
- – Letter of intent
- – Bio
Artist in Residence Applications are submitted using callforentry.org.
Please contact Kodi Thompson with questions related to the Artist in Residence Program